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Staying Fit in Berlin? Five Ways To Keep Up


In Berlin it’s easy to feel like you've gained a few pounds or a couple of years have been knocked off your life. The lifestyle here is not inherently unhealthy. But if you're an expat the chances are you’re amazed by the late opening hours, the cheap alcohol and the tasty döners and do each of these things in excess. (Us Brits don’t know the word moderation when it comes to drinking). Even if you’re not someone who’s still dancing ‘til well after the sun has risen, Berlin is extremely busy and can be exhausting! Now that summer is upon us, here are a few tips to help you stay a little bit healthier.

Cycle… everywhere! 

Berlin is a haven for cyclists. Not only does the city have fantastic cycling lanes, in comparison to most other capitals, but also there is a good attitude to cyclists. So quit taking the u bahn and get on you’re bike. Not only is it a great way to keep fit, but also it’s a great way to see more of the city!

This is the link to the company city bikes who you can rent a bike from– however having your own can never be underestimated. INFO.

Get Your Swim On 

Swimming is a great way to stay fit and a great way to relax. Berlin has the luxury of beautiful indoor swimming pools (that are warm) as well as outdoor pools which are great for the summer! Also, now the sun is shining, a trip to a lake for a swim is never out of the question.

The Stattbad in Neukölln is one of the best for a relaxing swim. INFO.
The Badeschiff is up there for an outside bathe. INFO.

Weird and Wonderful Sports 

Berlin has a vast range of sports to offer and excitingly not the most conventional ones! On Tempelhof, just about anything goes… including hula hooping, roller-skating, yoga and parkour.  Most of these alternative sports also have clubs in Berlin. Joining a sports team is a great way to get fit and meet new people. INFO.

It’s All About the Healthy Lunch 

Berlin is known for its big vegan community. Even if you’re not a vegan, there are plenty of restaurants that offer extremely healthy lunches and dinners for affordable prices.  Café Morgenrot offers extremely healthy brunches on Sundays. It is definitively worth a visit if you need to cleanse your body. INFO.

Don’t Forget to Sleep 

This is clearly not specific to Berlin, but many of complaints I hear from people is about how tired they are. The beauty of bars being open as late as you like and going to a club at 3am means sleep deprivation is inevitable. Even if you’re not partying, moving to a big city or working in a new space can be extremely exhausting. Have one night a week where you treat yourself and climb into bed at 9 or 10, then you will be able to do all the active things listed above!

By Bonnie Herrington.

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